California boasts 1,600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails |

California boasts 1,600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails

With more trails being groomed every year, California is fast becoming one of the best winter recreation areas in the Western United States.

The majority of the trails are located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, which tends to accumulate the best early snowpack and retain it until late spring. Notable exceptions are the Mammoth Lake trails which provide very long seasons. The majority of the good snowmobile riding is done between the 6,000 to 9,000 foot elevation on trails, winter-closed rural roads and in backcountry open play areas.

More than 1,600 miles of trails are groomed statewide in 24 state-sponsored grooming areas. The majority of groomed trails are located on U.S. Forest Service lands.

The California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (“Green Sticker” Program) also oversees the operation of the 19 Sno-Parks. For information on snowmobile recreation areas, contact: Winter Recreation Program Coordinator, P.O. Box 942896, Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 or call (916) 324-4442.

California/Nevada Snowmobile Association

The California-Nevada Snowmobile Association is a non-profit organization of snowmobile owners working for the betterment of the sport.

For information on joining the California-Nevada Snowmobile Association and snowmobile clubs: Contact Ron or Roberta Rawlings, P.O. Box 1288, Pioneer, California 95666 or call (209) 295-7852.

Following are several Truckee-North Tahoe snowmobile trailheads.

Snowmobile trailheads

North Tahoe Regional Park – Directions: I-80 to Truckee, Highway 267 13 miles south to Highway 28. West two miles to National Avenue. Right on National to Donner Road to park. Call 546-5043.

Little Truckee Summit – Directions: I-80 to Truckee. Highway 89 north for 17 miles to the park. Call 994-3401.

Prosser Hills – Directions: I-80 to Truckee. Highway 89 north four miles to the park. Call 587-3558, or inquire at the Truckee Ranger District at the corner of I-80 and Highway -89 north.

Loch Leven – I-80 to the Big Bend off-ramp. East on Old Highway 40 past the ranger station for parking. This area is for advanced riders. For information, call 265-4531.

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